I loved my fall outdoor linear planter so much that I decided to do another version of it for Christmas. It came out great, and I love that it’s something a little different from the standard Christmas urn with greens, bobbles and ribbon. My love of white continues with the Christmas decor, and I really love how the white pops against all the Christmas greens.
To make this outdoor Christmas arrangement, I started with the fall planter, and removed everything but the birch poles.
I repositioned them as the second row, and tucked a nice row of fir as the back and tallest row. Fir is really one of my favs, since we always had a real fir tree growing up. When I think Christmas tree, I just think fir, maybe that’s because we always had a fresh fir tree when I was a little girl. It was a great choice here for the back row, since it has so much structure. Next were the line of birch poles I cut for the fall planter -must say I’m loving all the birch this year, and using more of it inside for my Winter Woodland Christmas theme this year.
After the birch I added a row of these black berries, European buckthorn -according to my google research. They have thorns so be careful, (she said from experience). After that I added a row of cedar, just common Ontario cedar, not the fancy B.C. kind. Sometimes Ontario cedar is more yellow, but I thought this looked pretty good, and the contrast is also good for this linear arrangement. My final row is some spray painted pine cones. I liked the way it related to the pine cone wreath I made here.
I have to admit that I fiddled with this arrangement and may or may not have even sent some pics to my florist sister for some advice. I think the key in the end was trying to make the lines as full as possible.
Some other suggestions for rows if you’re considering making a linear arrangement like this are moss, the really large pine cones, other coloured berries, painted twigs, large cinnamon sticks like I used in my fall version, and of course other Christmas greens -magnolia leaves would look great.
Of course I also needed a new doormat, and yet again the perfect one I had pictured in my mind didn’t seem to exist in real life, ever have that problem? So, what’s a DIY-ier to do but make it herself. I started with a coir mat from Walmart, it was kind of out of the way by a back door away from their fancy Christmas ones. It was around $7, which was great. I used the same method I used here to stencil the fall leaf doormat. I found some snowflake images on the web, printed them out, and cut out the middle with an exacto knife to create a stencil.
Then I used craft paint to create a random pattern. I really like how it turned out, and should work all through the winter which I like. I also felt like it tied together the white of the planters, and the wreath, with the snowflake Christmas lights we have along the roof.
I added one final outdoor Christmas arrangement right beside the door. I used an old galvanized pail, to match the large square one. This arrangement was really simple. I just used three shortish birch poles, some more buckthorn berries, some pine cuttings, and more white pinecones. I really liked how it used the pretty much the same materials, but in a really different way from the linear arrangement.
I hope my front door gives you a few new ideas. I’m just hoping that my use of snowflakes doesn’t bring any snow yet.
With pretty white outdoor Christmas decor, life really is a party.